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Author talk: Take the Road Less Traveled with Cindy Ross
March 24, 2023 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join Cindy Ross for an evening of stories about raising kids in nature, living simply, and love of the outdoors. Cindy Ross has hiked the Appalachian Trail and, with her husband Todd Gladfelter, also explored the Pacific Crest and Continental Divide Trails. They included their young children on hikes of the Continental Divide Trail with the help of llamas and immersed them in nature while camping.
Cindy has made her life’s work guiding people in nature, and a decade ago formed a nonprofit—River House PA—which connects Veterans to the outdoors to aid in healing trauma.
Cindy Ross is the author of nine books including, The Log Cabin Years: One Couple Builds a Home from Scratch and Creates a Life (2021), Walking Toward Peace: Veterans Healing on America’s Trails (2021), and The World Is Our Classroom: How One Family Used Nature and Travel to Shape an Extraordinary Education (2018).
This event is made possible by the
Cassandra O. and Dennis B. Lacey Performance Series.
Crow’s Nest is the gateway to the Hopewell Big Woods, a 73,000-acre expanse of forest that reaches north into Berks County. Just next door, you’ll find French Creek State Park and Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, making Crow’s Nest part of one of the largest areas of protected land in the region.
The pristine French Creek runs through Crow’s Nest, flowing from French Creek State Park’s Hopewell Lake on its way to the Schuylkill River. The preserve’s streamside forest helps protect the creek’s water quality.
Wildlife abounds at Crow’s Nest! You may spot Wood Ducks or see signs of beaver construction along French Creek; hear the songs of Wood Thrushes, Vireos, and warblers in the dense forests; or track the footprints of fox, raccoon, and deer. The preserve is part of the Hay Creek/French Creek Forest Block “Important Bird Area” (a National Audubon Society designation).
Crow’s Nest is a haven for other wild creatures: children! For decades, the preserve has hosted both after-school programs and a summer day camp to help combat the nature disconnect today’s kids face. The preserve includes a NaturePlayGround to encourage creative, unstructured play, and hosts a variety of outdoor education programs for all ages.
- Park in the parking lot in the field beyond the visitor center barn at 201 Piersol Road.
- Meet in the lower level of the visitor center barn.
- Please leave your four-legged friends at home.
- Restrooms will be open during this event.
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